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Highlanders named to play Crusaders in Dunedin

 

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named the team to play the Crusaders at home in Dunedin on Saturday night (5.35pm kick-off). After another hard-fought victoryover the Hurricanes in Wellington last weekend the team is preparing to face off against a Crusaders team hurting from a loss at home against the Sharks. The game will involve no fewer than fifteen players who attended this week’s All Black training camp. The annual South Island derby always provides an entertaining and hard fought spectacle and will be played in front of an expected 20,000 plus crowd.

Lima Sopoaga returns from an ankle injury to start at first-five and will be facing off against old team mate Colin Slade. Patrick Osborne also returns from an ankle injury and Malakai Fekitoa has been cleared to play after spending the week and All Black training camp in a moon boot. Liam Coltman is sidelined with a calf injury and expected to be available for selection next week when the Highlanders take on the Reds in Brisbane.

Highlanders v Crusaders, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Saturday 24th May, 5.35pm

1 - Kane Hames
2 - Ged Robinson
3 - Chris King
4 - Jarrad Hoeata
5 - Joe Wheeler
6 - Elliot Dixon
7 - Shane Christie
8 - Nasi Manu (co-captain)
9 - Aaron Smith
10 – Lima Sopoaga
11 – Patrick Osborne
12 – Shaun Treeby
13 - Malakai Fekitoa
14 - Richard Buckman
15 - Ben Smith (co-captain)

Reserves
16 – Sam Anderson-Heather
17 – Matias Diaz
18 – Ma’afu Fia
19 – Tom Franklin
20 – Gareth Evans
21 – Fumiaki Tanaka
22 – Hayden Parker
23 – Phil Burleigh

Head Coach – Jamie Joseph

Assistant Coaches – Tony Brown and Scott McLeod

Skills Coach – Jon Preston

Manager – Graham Purvis

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Highlanders to play NZ Barbarians

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Highlanders to play NZ Barbarians in Invercargill

 

The Highlanders will take on the New Zealand Barbarians at Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill at 6.30pm on Friday 20th June 2014 as they finalise their preparation for their final three round robin games of the 2014 Investec Super Rugby Competition. The New Zealand Barbarians led by President Bryan Williams are very keen to see the globally respected and highly recognisable Barbarian brand showcased in the deep South.

The Barbarians will be coached by Stags coach, Brad Mooar, and managed by Leicester Rutledge. Like traditional Barbarian teams there is likely to be an international flavour to the selection along with a number of promising Stags and players from other New Zealand provinces.

Jamie Joseph commented that “it will be great to get down to Invercargill and show the Southland people how we have progressed as a team since 2013. This is an important game for us as we build into our first game back after the June break against the Chiefs.”

There will be a Highlanders 1st XV competition curtain-raiser kicking off at 5pm between Menzies College and St. Peters College showcasing the school boy talent from around the region.

Members and sponsors will receive preferential ticketing from Friday 9th May and public sales will commence on Friday 23rd May. Tickets will be available online and from all Ticket Direct outlets.

Prices: Adults $20.00, Secondary school students (13-18 years) $10.00 and children under 12 years and under FREE.  

The Highlanders would like to thank Rugby Southland and the New Zealand Barbarians for helping them bring this game to Invercargill.

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Thorn to face off against Matfield at Forsyth Barr Stadium

Thorn to face off against Matfield at Forsyth Barr Stadium

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named the team to play the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday night. Brad Thorn returns to the starting line-up and will face off against Victor Matfield in what is shaping up to be an exciting clash of the locking titans. Matfield is a former Springbok Captain with 110 test caps to his name and is a player and mentor in the Bulls environment. Both are known as hard men of rugby and will be out to prove they are as good as any of the younger players on the field.

After a close win against the Rebels in the previous round the Highlanders have made few changes to the starting line up in an effort to secure this round 9 win at home. Kane Hames returns from a one week suspension and moves back into the loosehead position, Brad Thorn moves into 4 while Jarrad Hoeata goes to the bench and Elliot Dixon will start in the Number 8 jersey with Co-Captain Nasi Manu in the reserves, also joining the reserves this week; John Hardie.

Patrick Osborne comes back on to the wing with Kurt Baker sidelined for six weeks after a tipping tackle in the Rebels game. The remainder of the backline stays unchanged for this last home game before the team heads to South Africa to play the Sharks and the Stormers.

Highlanders v Bulls, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Friday 11th April, 7.35pm (NZ Time).
1. Kane Hames
2. Liam Coltman
3. Chris King
4. Brad Thorn
5. Joe Wheeler
6. Gareth Evans
7. Shane Christie
8. Elliot Dixon
9. Aaron Smith
10. Lima Sopoaga
11. Patrick Osborne
12. Shaun Treeby
13. Malakai Fekitoa
14. Richard Buckman
15. Ben Smith (co-captain)

Reserves
16. Ged Robinson
17. Craig Millar
18. Ma’afu Fia
19. Jarrad Hoeata
20. John Hardie
21. Fumiaki Tanaka
22. Trent Renata
23. Nasi Manu (co-captain)

Unavailable due to injury: Phil Burleigh (shoulder – 1 week) and TJ Ioane (calf - 2 weeks)

Head Coach – Jamie Joseph
Assistant Coaches – Tony Brown and Scott McLeod
Skills Coach – Jon Preston
Manager – Graham Purvis

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Highlanders named to play Rebels in Dunedin

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named the team to play the Melbourne Rebels at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday night. After a disappointing loss in Auckland in the previous round the Highlanders will be looking to capitalise on the home ground advantage and secure a win against a team buoyant following an unexpected victory against 2013 semifinalists, the Brumbies.

A shuffle in the front row, due to in-form prop Kane Hames’ 1 week suspension for a dangerous charge, sees Chris King move into loosehead and Ma’afu Fia get his second start of the 2014 season in the tighthead position. Gareth Evans rounds out the loose forward trio for this round 8 match up while Shane Christie and Nasi Manu will be looking for another solid performance after proving to be a dynamic defensive duo on the field.

The backline sees Shaun Treeby and Kurt Baker back in the starting XV. Phil Burleigh is unavailable due to injury and utility back, Trent Renata, has been brought into the playing 23 as cover. This game will be extra special for half back Aaron Smith who will be playing his 50th Super Rugby game and 50th game in the Highlanders jersey.

Highlanders v Rebels, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Friday 4th April, 7.35pm (NZ Time).

1 - Chris King
2 - Liam Coltman
3 - Ma’afu Fia
4 - Jarrad Hoeata
5 - Joe Wheeler
6 - Gareth Evans
7 - Shane Christie
8 - Nasi Manu (co-captain)
9 - Aaron Smith
10 - Lima Sopoaga
11 – Kurt Baker
12 – Shaun Treeby
13 - Malakai Fekitoa
14 - Richard Buckman
15 - Ben Smith(co-captain)

Reserves
16 – Ged Robinson
17 – Craig Millar
18 – Matias Diaz
19 – Josh Bekhuis
20 – Elliot Dixon
21 - Fumiaki Tanaka
22 – Trent Renata
23 – TJ Ioane


Head Coach – Jamie Joseph

Assistant Coaches – Tony Brown and Scott McLeod

Skills Coach – Jon Preston

Manager – Graham Purvis

Team named to play the Western Force

MEDIA RELEASE– Thursday 13 March 2014

Highlanders Named To Play the Western Force

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Force at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday night (7.35pm NZT).  

After a bye week the team is rearing to go against the Western Force, who are coming off a strong win against the Melbourne Rebels in the weekend. Kurt Baker gets his first start of the 2014 Super Rugby season on the left wing and will be a player to watch on Saturday night.

Highlanders v Western Force, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Saturday 15 March, 7.35pm (NZ Time).

1 - Kane Hames
2 - Liam Coltman
3 - Chris King
4 - Jarrad Hoeata
5 - Joe Wheeler
6 - John Hardie
7 - Shane Christie
8 - Nasi Manu (co-captain)
9 - Aaron Smith
10 - Lima Sopoaga
11 - Kurt Baker
12 - Shaun Treeby
13 - Malakai Fekitoa
14 - Richard Buckman
15 - Ben Smith(co-captain)

Reserves
16 - Ged Robinson
17 - Matias Diaz
18 - Craig Millar
19 - Josh Bekhuis
20 - Elliot Dixon
21 - Fumiaki Tanaka
22 - Hayden Parker
23 - Phil Burleigh

Unavailable due to injury:

Brad Thorn (rib – 1 week), Patrick Osborne (ankle – 2 weeks)

Head Coach – Jamie Joseph

Assistant Coach – Scott McLeod, Assistant Coaches – Tony Brown and Scott McLeod , Skills Coach – Jon Preston

Manager – Graham Purvis

 

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